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Earthworms improve soil conditions through aeration by burrowing in pursuit of food. This constant aeration of the soil results in less evaporation and surface run-off, thereby providing for more efficient use of moisture introduced to the soil.

Each earthworm ingests its weight in organic matter every twenty four hours. Its intricate digestive tract makes it possible for the earthworms to excrete highly nutritious fertilizer known as castings. These castings are the most perfect plant food known to man, and contain: 5 times the available nitrogen, 7 times the available phosphorus, 3 times the exchangeable magnesium, 11 times the available potash, and 11/2 times more calcium than found in six inches of good topsoil. The increases are directly attributable to the organic matter eaten by earthworms. Castings are water soluble and immediately available to plant life. Castings do not heat and will not burn plants regardless of the quantity made available to the plant. The action of earthworms in compost piles will speed up the reduction of organic material to one half the time required by bacterial action alone.

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  • Looking for ways to spice up the holidays? Try making your own herbal vinegar. Now is the perfect time to do this in time for upcoming Christmas and holiday season.
    * Select a high quality vinegar and clean glass container.
    * Place fresh herbs that have been washed into the container.
    * Fill the container with vinegar, seal it and place on a sunny windowsill for at least three weeks; longer for a stronger flavored vinegar.
    * Strain the liquid into clean, sterilized jars or decorative glass bottles. Add a sprig of fresh herb to make the gift more decorative as well as easy to identify.
    Vinegar preserves the flavor of herbs by drawing out the plants essential oils into the vinegar. You can therefore control the flavor of the vinegar the length of time you allow the herbs to 'steep'.